PAF inducts Chinese-built copy of AN-12 warplane

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  1. Blackwater

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    KARACHI: In a bid to improve the country’s defence capabilities, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) inducted on Thursday a Chinese-built ‘Karakoram Eagle’ Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS), The Economic Times reported.
    The new aircraft, introduced at a ceremony held at an operational PAF base in Karachi, is capable of detecting hostile aerial and sea surface targets far before ground-based radars regardless of their height. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was the chief guest at the ceremony.
    The aerial warfare branch of the Pakistan Armed Forces announced that the new aircraft will be a part of the No4 Squadron.
    PAF proudly said that the country’s air defence is now able to look deeper in enemy territory, be it land or sea.
    The aircraft maintains link with ground command and control centres to provide comprehensive monitoring of enemy units. In addition to early detection, the AWACS can direct forces to intercept or neutralise the emerging threat, well before it they can position themselves to strike at targets.
    “AWACS ability of detecting sea targets would also enhance the capabilities of Pakistan Navy,” PAF further said.
    The premier said that PAF has always proved equal to the task even in the most challenging times and has measured up to the expectations of the nation.
    He added the fast emerging threat posed by the forces of extremism and militancy is a menace that must be eliminated before it brings any more damage to our progression, social fiber, international image and national security.
    “I am happy that PAF has contributed tremendously in the operations against the miscreants and has always remained steadfast in safeguarding national security against any threat be it external or internal,” he said. ”The whole nation takes great pride in the significant successes achieved by PAF in the precise targeting of terrorists’ hideouts.”
    PM Nawaz said Pakistan is a peace-loving country, and pursues peaceful relations with international community, specially with neighbours.
    “However, we stand determined to safeguard our national interests and uphold our sovereignty against any aggressor,” he said.
    Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt termed the induction a significant moment for the PAF.
    “Re-equipping the squadron with this state-of-the-art aircraft will enable PAF to effectively counter all threats against Pakistan’s aerial frontiers and add a new dimension to the national security,” he said.
    “Induction of Karakoram Eagle AWACS would revolutionise PAF’s operational concepts. With its induction, PAF is transforming into a modern versatile and capability based force.”
    On December 2, 2014, the head of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) said that 50 home-assembled multi-role JF-17 Thunder fight jets were introduced into the airforce.
    Read: 50 Pakistan- assembled JF-17 fighter jets inducted into PAF: PAC chief
    Air Marshal Javed Ahmed, chief of the state-owned PAC, said PAF had already received 50 of the home-made aircraft and that the supply of the second block is expected to soon. The JF-17 was first introduced to the PAF in 2007.

    PAF inducts Chinese-built warplane – The Express Tribune
     
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    free me bura nahi ha:lol::lol::lol:
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    India was one of the first nations to get hold of An-12 aircraft for airlifting duties. It was used quite significantly during 1960s and 70s and IAF even used it for bombing during India-Pak wars. At one point, India had about 65 An-12s in operation.

    China also bought An-12s from erstwhile Soviet Union but they decided to produce them locally as well. The quality was not good initially, even worse than the Soviet ones. But during 1970s and 80s, China and US came together against Soviets and America decided to help China militarily. During this phase, China sought help from Lockheed Martin in improving the design of AN-12 which Chinese called Y-8 aircraft. LM removed most of the nagging faults from this design and improved the build quality of Y-8/An-12 aircraft. Chinese aviation industry built on this design and has refined the aircraft to produce Y-9 which can airlift 25 tons of material, more than the LM produced C-130J. China is now in the process of building Y-30 aircraft which will be able to airlift 30+ tons, similar to French A400M Atlas capabilities. It has even converted Y-8s into several versions for ASW, AWACS, Sea patrol etc. which are being used in PLA while also being exported to Pakistan and other countries.

    India, on other hand, learnt nothing from Soviet procured An-12s. It phased them out during 1990s and stayed without a medium airlift aircraft for a decade. It has now ended up purchasing LM produced C-130J aircraft from Americans which is nothing but a refined An-12 aircraft with similar capabilities. India is again trying to develop a mid-capable IL-214 MRTA which will be nothing but a CKD/SKD venture by HAL, with Russia producing all components of the aircraft, stating the reason that Indian aviation industry is not yet mature to produce them here.

    Who knows, one day India could EVEN buy improved An-12/Y-9 from China too, going low at this rate. It is nothing but another grand show of lack of vision and futuristic think !!! There is a reason why Indian Air Force is being called "Imported Air Force".
     
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    Agreed on all ur points except one , India will never buy an12\Y9 from China
     
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    Karakoram Eagle :thumb:

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    ZDK-03 is a design variant of Shaanxi Y-8, which is a copy of the Soviet Antonov-12.

    There is nothing wrong with the title, IMHO, @Neo.
     
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    What was wrong in the title?

    One must have some background knowledge before complaining or else it wastes time.

     
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    China is the 4th after US, Russia and Sweden who're able to build and export AWACS :thumb:

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    China is doing real well and copy catting all.

    But then they do have ingenuity.

    This is the proof below:

     
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    errrrrrrrr.....and Israel...
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    at the meantime, PLAAF recently also introduced own 2nd Generation AWACS plane -- KJ500 which is also based on the Y-9 serial platfrom--the so called "An-12 Warplane"(improved)... LOL ...

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    comparison with ZDK-03
     
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    Damn Japan Eagle E 2D
     
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    ooops my bad, mistook the sun for stars.



    ~Happy Ram Year! Tapa talks when the ram rocks~
     
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    Not to worry.

    Everything belong to China in the Han mind.

    it is Year of the Sheep and not the Ram. [​IMG]

    羊 Chinese word yáng is more accurately translated as Caprinae, a taxonomic subfamily which includes both sheep and goats.

     
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